Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Remix (April 2013)
With "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line became the first new country act to blow up with a hip-hop-influenced debut single. Even before Nelly hopped on the remixed version, the slippery cadences of the phrasing and the brash swagger in the lyrics' invitation for a leggy young woman to climb up in a tricked-out truck felt decidedly rap-schooled. Terrestrial country radio is notoriously conservative when it comes to playing unproven acts with unproven sounds, so it was satellite airplay that first fueled the fire for FGL, a scenario that's repeated itself with kindred acts like Chase Rice and Cole Swindell. Still, it was the appearance of Nelly who helped set "Cruise" ablaze.